How many brindled beauties?

Depends what you class as a brindled beauty, and how accurate my identification is! I’m going for three:

I ran the light trap again last night – and broke this years current record with three moths! A pale brindled beauty, a small brindled beauty and A.N. Other I would be very happy for the knowledgeable readers of this blog to identify for me!

Pale brindled beauty

Pale brindled beauty

Small brindled beauty

Small brindled beauty

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Another “brindled beauty” that has continued to show brilliantly all week and has not let us down today in the sunshine are the bittern, both in Ivy Silt pond and from Ivy North Hide. I was somewhat distracted opening up that hide this morning by the bittern that was feeding right out front, but I did get on to open up the others eventually, and fortunately didn’t keep anyone waiting! This picture was taken through the window looking into the morning sun, so isn’t great, but gives you the general idea.

A bittern!

A bittern!

Elsewhere the black-necked grebes are still on Rockford and Ibsley Water, the green-winged teal is still on Ivy Lake, and kingfisher have been showing well along Rockford Lake and in Ivy Silt Pond.

Reported as nearly out last weekend, the first of the wild daffodils in the more sheltered woodland adjacent to Woodland Hide are now properly “out” though still at least a couple of weeks from flowering elsewhere on the reserve:

Wild daffodils at the Woodland Hide

Wild daffodils at the Woodland Hide

Local kids are now on their half-term holidays so expect lots of families and school holiday activity events if you are visiting over the next week – and if you’ve got children or grandchildren of your own and you fancy a day out, do pick up the latest scavenger hunt from the centre (or download from the website here: http://www.hwt.org.uk/data/files/reserves/130208_Spring_Scavenger_Hunt_MC.pdf )

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